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Part ll—Pages 9 to 16
Mrs. Sammann Describes Death
of Bride at Figueroa
Murder Trial
Saw Girl on Floor, Felt Her, Then
Heard Shot, but Did Not
See Gun Wielder
That she heard the shot which ended
a life; saw the victim and felt her hair
upon her bare feet, but could not s^«
the person who held the weapon, w?u»
the arlßt of the testimony offerod In
Judge Willis" department of the su
perior rourt yesterday by Mrs. Klolsa
Sammann, aunt of George E. Flgueroa,
who Is bring tried for the murdor of his
wife, Sarah Pugsley Figueroa, at Ocean
Park, May 22.
Mrs. Sammann testified In a most
positive manner and was entirely equal
to the volleys of confusing 1 questions
delivered at her by tho attorneys for
the defense, Joseph Seymour, Jr., and
Fred W. Morrison. Her evidence was
of tho -nost thrilling: nature and those
■who hoard her felt shivers of horror
quivering along their spinal columns.
She Is the principal witness In the
case and was placod upon the stand
by the prosecution after Adelbert
Pugsley, brother to the dead woman,
had" Riven testimony regarding 1 the
identification of his sister when he saw
her in the hospital May 23, tho day fol
lowing the alleged, murder.
Mrs. Sammann related all that shn
knew of the night of May 22—the night
upon which a life was taken and an
other life—that of the dead woman's
husband—was placed in Jeopardy.
She told of Figuoroa and his girl
■wife, who was only 19 years old and
who eloped with him to Santa Ana,
where they were married, afterward
went to live at Ocean Park, In a sum
mer house In the rear of her home at
2508 Fourth avenue.
She told of Figueroa's returning 1 home
tho night of May 22 with Mrs. Figueroa
and John R. Surber, an oil field worker.
The young wife dt first went Into the
house to pass the night with Mrs. Bam
mann, so the latter testified, while Flg
ueroa and Surber went to the summer
Preparations for bed hardly were be
gun, so Mrs. Sammann declared In
court, before Flguoroa went to the
house and demanded the company of
his bride at the tamitier house.
Obedient to her husband, Mrs. Figu
eroa went to the little establishment
as she was bidden, while Mrs. Sam
mann remained restleßS, unable to
sleep, for some reason which she could
not explain.
\ "Soon I heard noises as of a disagree
ment in the summer house," Mrs.
Sammann related In court. "I went to
see what wan • the matter. I gained
entrance to the place without great
trouble and found Surber In bed In his
underclothes. My nephew was arguing
with his wife. "Ho was trying to force
her to go to bed and she demurred.
Finally he struck her In the eye and
called her unspeakable names. Then he
'knocked her over against the bed
At this point Mrs. Sammann was
asked by Arthur Keotch, deputy dis
trict attorney, who Is conducting the
proaecutloT. with the assistance of
Capt. J. I>. Fredericks, district attor
ney, to Identify a section of a bedstead
that was Introduced as evidence.
It was the footplece of a bedstead.
Iron, and painted white, and distorted
and bent as if a heavy body had lunged
against it or or thing had
been hurled upon It. Mrs. Bammann
declared It to bo thn bit of furniture
against which Mra. Figueroa had been
knocked by a telow from her husband.
,:. • <iIHT, WIFE on JXOOB
"I. knew I could not do anything for
the girl with two men opposed to my
will," said Mrs. Sammann, when she
resumed her testimony, "and I went for
This action upon Mrs. Sammann's
part was most apparent to all hearers
as having been of a heroic nature as
her life Is passed largely upon crutches.
Her Infirmity Is so groat that she waa
unable to take the witness stand with
out assistance.
Mrs. Sammann aroused her daughter
and told her to seek the help of the
neighbors and then returned, flressed
i practically only In a kimono and with
out shoes, to tho little summer house
, where the vocal and physical disturb
ance seemed to be increasing. ;
"I tried to got Into the hon"« n.^Mn,"
said M*. Sammann, "hat there was
some one on the other side of the door
who prevented me from obtaining en
trance. All that I could do was to
place my foot Inside and prevent tho
'door from being closed entirely upon
"Through the half-opened door, I
could sac Mrs. Flßueroa lying upon her
back upon the floor. Her head was
so near me that I felt her hair upon my
bare feet. v
"One hand was across her breast
and the other lay upon her etomach. I
could see them both plainly and there
wa • no weapon In either. Her head
turned to tho left and I could look
Into her eyes, one of which showed the
effect of the blow given her only short
ly before, as she pleaded with her hus
"Still I could not see my nephew and
I cannot* swear who It waa who was
holding the door and preventing my
entrance. It was while everybody was
In this tense, nervous condition that
I felt the effect of the explosion of a
cartridge In a weapon and ' saw the
blood begin to flow from a wound in
Mrs. Flgueroa's head." . -'•;■, :* • VcH"'
■ Mrs. Sammann also told of how she
had removed a revolver from the sum
mer house about ■ ten .days; before .the
tragedy, fearing that some evil thing
might be done with It. It also was
shown that the weapon with . which
Mrs. Flgueroa was killed was the prop
erty of the brother of Mrs. Pugsley,
Adelbert Pugsley. - :•■:
- Mrs. Sammann's evidence was not
shaken in cross-examination. She re
mained so firm and certain in her
' statements that Mrs. Olendora Pugs
ley. mother of the dead woman, de
clared that though the witness might
be swearing away the life of her
nephew, she i was "a good Christian
woman and told the truth no matter
what It cost." ■..:-■; ■ • -»■>
In cross-examination, Mr. Seymour
Members of Two Families Deeply Concerned in Trial
of George E. Figueroa and Woman Who Was Murdered
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asked Mrs. Sammann what she said
when she heard the revolver shot that
resulted in fatal Injury to her nephew's
"I said a prayer In Spanish," said
Mrs. Sammann.
"Say It to us," said Mr. Seymour.
Mrs. Sammann said It in Spanish.
"Translate it," demanded Mr. Sey
"I cannot," said Mrs. Sammann.
"What does It mean?" was the at
torney's next question.
"I don't know," replied Mrs. Sam
Following this little incident, Mr.
Seymour asked Mrs. Sammann to tell
how Mrs. Figueroa lay upon the floor
of the summer house Just before the
bullet entered her brain. Mrs. Sam
mann offered to show if some one
would lie upon the floor before her.
This Mr. Seymour refused to do, and
as no person volunteered, he produced
a human skull and asked Mrs. Sam
mann to Illustrate Mrs. Figueroa's po
sition with that.
Judge Willis interfered at this point,
positively refusing to permit such pro
cedure because of the eerie effect It
likely would have upon the witness.
Dr. Frank Taylor was another wit
ness. He is a neighbor and an old
friend of Mrs. Sammann and he quick
ly responded to her daughter's call for
aid. He testified about going to the
summer house, seeing the injured wo
man and the return of Figueroa him
self from nobody yot knows where, as
he was missed from the premlsi\s for
a short while after the shooting.
"Figueroa came up to me," Dr. Tay
lor testified, "and said, 'We.y, I guess
you're looking for me. Here I am." "
Another witness was Mrs. A. Sco
field. another neighbor. She said she
heard Mrs. Figueroa call "Aunty!
Aunty! Aunty!" and that those cries
wore followed by the plea, "Stop,
Gcorgt)! Don't hurt me!"
Fred Calkins, police sergeant at
Ocean Park, upon being called to the
"stand told of his visit to the summer
house after he was notified of the
tragedy and of how he found a re
volver behind a basket ten feet from
the body of the wounded girl.
Dr. William Parker of Ocean Park,
■who treated the woman's Injuries, de
scribed the wounds, how he treated
them and the woman's death at 10
o'clock the following day.
The prosecution introduced for the.
edification of the jury large photo
graphs of the home of Mrs. Sammann,
the Uttle summer house occupied by the
Flgueroas and an Interior view of the
latter establishment, showing spots al
leged to have been caused by Mrs.
Figueroa's blood.
Through all the cross-examination it
was apparent that the defense is try
ing to prove that Mrs. Figueroa com
mitted suicide, the intention seemingly
being to show a hereditary, tendency
to such an action, as her father, Otto
Pugsley, killed himself last September.
The relatives of the dead woman con
tend that the suicidal mania does not
run In the family and that Mr. Pugs
ley performed such an act because of
the advance of a cancer which made
the duration of h,ls life most uncer
Mrs. Glendora Pugsley and her son
Adelbert watched the trial with ex
treme Interest. She sat dressed in
black from head to foot, refusing evon
to raise the thick veil which could
at once hide her tenrs and other facial
expressions of grief.
Figueroa, who is only 25 years old.
Is maintaining hla steely composure.
The only evidence of emotion he gave
yesterday was at the close of the day's
proceedings, when he held his mother
in his arms for a moment and kissed
her quickly before he was led away
to jail and she tearfuly clung- to the
arm of the man's father, A. M. Fig
The accused man's relatives reside
at Los Alamos, In Santa Barbara coun
ty, where the alleged murderer lived
until about six months ago. They
camo for the trial and are supported
daily by Mrs. Figueroa's sister, Mrs.
M. D. Cahlll, of this city. They say
thoy cannot understand why Mr. Fig
ueroa's sister, Mrs. Sammann, should
give evidence which Is so positively
against the interests of her own
nephew. They pay no attention to her
except when she is on the stand.
On the other hand, the Pugsloys
treat Mrs. Sammann with warmth,
even saying that because of the evi
dence she is giving she Is the object
of throats.
Testimony will be resumed today, the
belief of both sides being that evi
dence of a most startling nature will
be given. Surber has not yet been
placed on the stand and the prosecu
tion still is wondering if the defense
will have the alleged murderer of his
bride testify In his own behalf.
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Alleges That W. L Evans Falsely
Caused Imprisonment of
Fred E. Windsor
T. S. Minat, a San Francisco attor
ney, yesterday swore to a complaint
against W. L. Evans, changing him
with perjury. Minat is attorney for
Colonel Fred B. Windsor, who is prose
cuting Evans on a charge of having
falsely caused his imprisonment in the
Lob Angeles county jail several week 3
ago. The attorney claims that Evans
swore to a falsehood while testifying
at his hearing on the false imprison
ment charge in Justice Summerl'ield'a
court yesterday.
The attorney alleges that Evans
swore that ho had commenced a suit
in replevin in Justice Evans" court,
Coalinga, and had obtained possession
of two certain books in dlstputo be
tween himself and Colonel Windsor
prior to the time ho caused Windsor's
Mlnot stated that Justice Evans dis
credited the statement of W. L. Evans
in regard to the replevin proceedings,
therefore he secured a complaint and
warrant charging perjury.
Evans and Windsor are president and
secretary, respectively, of the Esper
anza Oil company of Coalinga. About
four weeks ago Evans caused Wind
sor's arrest on a charge of larceny.
Windsor was released and Evans
caused him to be arrested a second
time on a similar charge, but the sec
ond case was also dismissed against
Windsor then had Evana arrested,
charging him with having, through
false "statements, caused his imprison
Testimony in this case was heard
Monday by Justice Summerfield, who
postponed It until August 9.
VVm3isiisssyt^siiffiffi%^^'& ttf
Top picture, MRS. M. D. CAIIIIX,, aunt of
A. M. I'IGI'EROA, Ills parents.
mother of murdered woman; and AUKL
UKKT FUGBI.EY, brother of tragedy* vic
Lower picture, MHS. SARAH PUGSLEY
VKiIKKOA, the slain woman.
NEW YORK, July 20.—The new tax
rate for New York city for the year
1910, as officially fixed by the board
of aldermen, shows an Increase for all
five boroughs over 1909. The budget is
$163,128,270, which, less the general fund
of $32,030,989, Is apportioned to be raised
by taxation as follows:
1910 1809
Manhattan and Bronx 1.7J7 1.678
Kings (Brooklyn) 1.814 I-'7B
yiieene 1.810 1.7.8
Richmond (BUten Island).. 1.875 1.775
Staten island, the most sparsely set
tled borough of the city, is thus tho
heaviest taxed, although 68 per cent
of the total will be raised from Man
hattan and the Bronx.
Fights in Michigan Courts to Pre
vent Return Here for
Former Woman Companion Be
trays Offender to Police.
Denies Charge
After a legal fight In the courts at
Michigan to prevent his extradition,
Allan A. Fisher, accused of stealing
a diamond pin and charged with grand
larceny, who lied from Ism Angeles
several months ago and who was cap
tured in Detroit a few weeks ago, was
returned here yesterday morning in
the custody of Detective Thomas Ziug
On arrival of Zlegler, almost three
weeks ago, in Detroit, Fisher began
his fight against extradition by en
deavoring to persuade the governor
of Michigan not to issue requisition
papers. Falling through this means,
he sought freedom from answering the
charge by instituting habeas corpus
proceedings. This proved unsuccessful
and he was given into the custody of
In order that he might avoid deputy
sheriffs and constables who he thought
might attempt to take the prisoner
away from him en route, Zieg'er barri
caded his prisoner and himself in a
private compartment of a baggage car
of the train on which they rode, re
maining there until out of the state
before they repaired to their quarters
in the rear end of the train.
It was while they were in the bag
gage car that Fisher made an attempt
to escape, but he was soon overpow
ered by the officer and leg irons placed
on him. From that time on until his
arrival here yesterday morning the
prisoner gave no further trouble.
Fisher's arrest in Detroit was duo to
the alertness of his former compan
ion, known as Mrs. Minnie Murphy
Fisher, with whom he resided while
here. She discovered him on the streets
of Detroit one day and notified the po
lice of that city that he had deserted
her on the Pacific coast.
The specific charge on which Fisher
will be tried is the alleged larceny of
a diamond ring valu^l ai $350 from J.
P. Flaherty, 1224 Georgia street. He
left Los Angeles on June 3. On that
day he viisted the room of Flaherty
and made an attempt to borrow $25.
Flaherty refused and while he was
absent from his room Fisher is al
leged to have pickeJ up the ring
and put it. in his pocket. He is also
said to have defrauded A. Lippert, a
local diamond merchant, of three dia
mond rings valued at $400. Fisher made !
a business of securing diamonds from
clerks and selling them about town
on a commission basis. At the time
of his disappearance he is said to
have had stones valued at nearly
$1500 in his possession.
Fisher, when seen at the city jail
yesterday, explained that the diamond
he is alleged to have stolen from Fla
herty, was not the property of the
latter, but his own. "Flaherty loaned
me $ISO on the ring." said Fisher. "I
told him that as soon as I could I
would pay him back. We even tried
to raffle the ring among the employes
of a railroad company in an effort to
realize money on it, but we failed to
sell enough tickets and we called the
raffle off.
"There is not a bit of truth in the
statement that I stole the ring, for it
did not belong to anyone else be
sides me. As far as the charges pre
ferred against me by Lippert, I had an
agreement with him whereby I traded
in a diamond ring and $100 cash in
exchange for another. He entrusted
several rings to my custody which I
was trying to sell for him on a small
commission. I returned them all be
fore I left the city."
Fisher was arraigned in Police
Judge Frederickson's court yesterday
afternoon and his case continued until
Friday, when he will have a date sot
for his preliminary hearing.
Prisoner Shows Signs of Weari-
ness and Nervousness
Pale and haggard and showing signs
of weariness and nervousness in his
every movement, George C. Luitweiler
was arraigned before Police Judge
Chambers yesterday on a charge of
wife murder. His preliminary hear
ing on the charge was set for Wednes
day, July 27, at 10 o'clock. The hear
ing probably will be held in the Unl
versity station court room, . where
Judge Chambers will be sitting at that
Luitweiler was accompanied into
court by his special guard, Patrolman
Charles Craig and Court Bailiff V'.k
ness. The prisoner entered the court
room with an unsteady step and took
his seat In a dark corner of the pris
oners 1 dock.
Non? of the relatives of Luitweiler
or his wife was present at the arraign
ment, which was formal in the extreme
and an affair of but a few moments.
Luitweiler was represented in court
by one of his attorneys, George L. Mc-
Keely. Deputy District Attorney Ar
thur Hill represented the state.
More violators of tho dog muzsling
ordinance appeared before Pollc c Judge
Chamber* yesterday morning and of
fered a variety of excuse! for their in
fraction of the law. They failed in the
attempt, for they all paid $2 fines before
they left the courtroom.
Miss A. E. Newman of 215 West For
ty-sixth street, said she "didn't think
dogs had to be muzzled all the time,"
but the court informed her that they
did and she loft the courtroom $2 poorer
than when she entered. R. G. Me
darken thought he would profit by
not offering any excuse, but he con
tributed his mite toward the court s
business for the day.
"The dog followed tho children to a
birthday party," explained Mrs. E. Gll
more to the judge, but he couldn't see
what difference that made and ordered
her to pay $2 to the court cU-rk. Mrs.
B. B. Blackman, 893 East Fifty-first
street, gave the "Just eating" excuse
but it proved of no avail.
J-]urrahl The Prettiest Hats for ("^ O
Dainty Little Misses Are Here . 1 1
(Yis^i^^fiN —anf' what attractive little creations they
I&^owmKff^ff; \ —Milan straw hats for girls up to JO years—
Jjg&jfilflW 'i^A overgrown styles but models fashioned e:;peeially
T^LSf^sSx^-j—SiiiM' for children by the best of hatmakers.
\_^§B^^^^ —Fine quality Milan straws in rose, red. burnt,
acl-> navy and white. Prettily trimmed With con
/(~*j A~~*~ \ " C"(j trasting ribbon bows and streamers.
■ -*l' —7TITIP'T TI-^' —Several different styles— and $3.50. ~ x
ge Ready for That Week-End
Dip in the Splashing Surf
—Come into Bullock's today and select a
bathing suit from the big and varied stocks A^Sn'
—There are suits of serge and i?S»L*!^^%.
mohair and there are other __vJ^^J^^^^^V__
bathing' accessories to com- ffi^gJr^^^^K'
plete your outfit—bathing caps | _ Jf jfl V^W^^^ff^
and bathing shoes. \^!^^jJ\ \W
Rathing Suits $2.50 U^^B WtM M^
—Many different styles to si
—Blue and black serge suit? •sp' j»BM|fißg3§fijH|Kp^
also Vor Dutch neck styles JSl^JlP'"'"' 3*'
trimmed with white braid, J&sLy%r
Bathing Suits $3.50 Bathing Suits $5.00 ' '
—Splendid suits, unusually well —Many different styles at this
made, of black or blue mohair. price—of best quality brillian-
Some have the popular pane] ef- ' tine or mohair in ali black and
feet braided in an attractive navy blue. Prettily trimmed
way. Sailor collar and tie and with red and fancy braids.
Vor round neck styles— ea. Round or V-shaped neck—ss ea.
Bathing Shoes 25c Bathing gaps 15c
—Save your stockings by wear- —In all —plain or fancy
ing bathing shoes. Here are effects—Dutch, stay-on or bon
black, red or white ones, either net styles and the ones of plain
high or low effects— sizes, 25c rubber— your hair dry—
to 65c. to $I.2s—Second Floor.
A In Redlands
■/^^i^ftX On July 8 the savings of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph
/^sUbHPX Uzes wire destroyed by lire. They amounted to
/ J^SBhL \ $500 In coin, which was hidden away in a closet.
/ ll*7rirVfc& \ Fire °f mysterious origin, hurry and flurry in
/ HlfriinlE a \ tlu' "llddte Of the night, bucket brigade and the
/ 6*V^/r» \ same old story, savings gone. Bring YOUR say-
I ■wvN.-^fg" \ ings here today and deposit them.
Merchants Bank and Trust Co.
Grown-Ups and Youngsters Com
bine Business and Pleas
ure at Outing
The delegates from thirty Woman's
Christian Temperance unions of Los
Angeles held a picnic in Sycamore
grove yesterday.
The White Ribbon Recruits, children
under 6, whose mothers have pledged
to teach them abstinence and temper
ance, were entertatined with games
and races in the north side of the
park, while reports of the secretary
I .and treasurer were heard and plans for
the campaign of the coming year wore
discussed in the south portion.
Luncheon was served under the trees
and the taßles were prettily decorated
with gay flowers. The hour which
followed was passed in social chats and
entertaining the children with Raines.
An excellent program hart been pre
pared for the afternoon. Mrs. C. R.
Vance told of work which has been ac
complished at mothers' meetings; Mrs.
C, A. Cable explained about the White
Ribbon Recruits, whom Mrs. Hester T.
j Griffith later introduced, and Rev, «i.
W. Barron spoke on "The Economic
Side of the Liquor Question."
The Rev. Wilbur F. Crafts, Ph. D..
superintendent of the International re
! form bureau, was present and told of
ill. work which had been done during
the past year. He said:
"The reform bureau believes that
the supreme reform is to enlist the
churches in reform —not to make them
law and order leagues, but to get
moral reforms into the regular sched
ules of their missionary activities. In
the meantime churches should strongly
back up Christian organ iaztions that
are doing their reform work."
Mr. Crafts has been influential in
having several important bills passed
in congress.
Mrs. Ada R. Hand, vice president of
the Los Angeles Federation of Wom
an's Christian Temperance unions, pre
sided at the meeting because of the ab
sence of Mrs. Catherine I'earco Wheat,
the president. Other officers are Mrs.
Carrie Blewett. recording secretary,
and Mrs. Orvllle L. Miner, treasurer.
The next meeting of the federation
will bo held August 17.
J M. Oswald has taken over the
real estate business of the old estab
lished firm of the Grider- Hamilton-
Oswald company and has opened nana
■ODl I'ir.'s under the name of J. M.
Oswald company at 4u* south Hill
street. Tho new firm is planning to
place on the market a new addition to
Manchester Heights
Editorial Section
Woman Attempts Rescue of Pets
After Having Been Se
verely Burned
In endeavoring to rescue a cage ot
canary birds and a pet dog from, the
ilames which threatened to destroy her
home at 248 South Fremont avenue
shortly noon yesterday, Mrs. M. J.
Travis was severely burned about the
chest and head. She refused to bo
taken to tho receiving hospital and was
treated in a nearby drug store.
Mrs. Travis, who is the mother of
F. C. Boss, proprietor of the Boss res
taurant at 702 West Third street, was
preparing her noonday menl on a
kerosene stove. The stove exploded and
enveloped her in a mass of flames. Sho
ran screaming from the house into the
stre.t, where neighbors extinguished
the (lames about her.
As the firemen were working hero
ically to savo her home and the sur
rounding apartment houses from de
struction, Mrs. Travis recalled she had
left her birds and dogr on the back
porch of the house. Rushing past the
firemen, she entered the burning build
ing to rescue her pets. Patrolman Rob
inson, w'thout hesitation, quickly fol
lowed her and succeeded in dragging
her from the building, only after she
had bi en badly burned. The birds
and dog were burned alive.
The damage to the building is eati
• iated at $350, and $500, the damago
on the contents.
Rudolph Rossman, jeweler in the
employ of Brock & Feagans, a roomer
in the house, suffered a loss of $1000
worth of tinner's tools and lathes.
President "W. H. Holllday of the Mer
chants National bank and of the Loe
Anseles clearing house has returned
from Europe after an absence of sev
eral months. Accompanied by Mrs.
Holllday, the banker visited all of tho
principal points of Interest in England,
Ireland and Scotland. He says there
is truly no place on earth more de
lightful and satisfactory than Los An
geles, which by comparison he pro
nouncos the greatest city in the world.
♦ »♦
It always ncfmi too bad that forest fires
are not dependent upon somo husbamls to
start 'em.— n»tmlt Times.
Verdugo Canyon Land Co.
Haa Just Issued the Most Beautiful aad AM
datlo Illustrated Booklet sTer pnbltslied la
Los Angeles. Call or sand tot a*a>

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